Course Title: Interpret and apply textile calculations and specifications

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: MANU5910C

Course Title: Interpret and apply textile calculations and specifications

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C4213 - Certificate IV in Textile Technology and Production

Course Contact : Rafael Beltran

Course Contact Phone: 9925 9179

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This course covers the skills and knowledge to interpret and apply calculations and specifications within a textile manufacturing environment

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTTX4001A Interpret and apply textile calculations and specifications


1.  Obtain and interpret textile specifications

2.  Perform textile calculations

3.  Complete records

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Features of systems used to document specifications and techniques for converting specifications across systems, are identified
1.2 Specifications applying to yarn analysis are interpreted
1.3 Specifications applying to fabric analysis are interpreted
1.4 Terminology used in the textile production industry relating to raw materials, specifications and processing are correctly interpreted, applied and used
1.5 Specifications appropriate to the textile operation are obtained and interpreted
1.6 Work requirements are determined from specifications
1.7 Clarification of specifications is undertaken as required using appropriate information resources and search techniques
2.1 Calculation requirements for specific production processes are determined
2.2 Formulas used to convert specifications to desired format are identified and applied
2.3 Formulas used for calculating requirements for cotton production are identified and applied
2.4 Formulas used for calculating requirements for wool production are identified and applied
2.5 Formulas and graphs used for calculating requirements for production of man-made fibres are identified and applied
2.6 Calculations are checked and verified as correct
2.7 Deviations from expected outcomes are examined and validated with appropriate information resources
3.1 Calculation records are accurately documented to agreed standards
3.2 Documentation is prepared for testing or production processes

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Blended learning consisting of classroom activities and practical workshops.

Teaching Schedule

Week Beginning

 Session - Topic

 Element Performance criteria

 Assessment Tasks

9 February 09

Introducing science in textiles. The importance of fibre, yarn and fabric attributes



16 February 09 Moisture regain - Calculating percentage of moisture found in synthetic and natural fibres  1,2 1.Practical
 23 February 09Revision of basics - Unit of mass – fabric gsm  1,2
 2 March 09Revision of basics - Single thread test 1,2 3.Practical
 9 March 09 Graphical representation of data 1,2 
 16 March 09 Graphical representation of data cont. 1,2 
 23 March 09Yarn convert systems 1,2 
 30 March 09 Review 1,21.Quiz
 6 April 09 Easter Holidays  
13 April 09Easter Holidays  
 20 April 09 Accuracy and precision 1,2,3
 27 April 09 The physical property of yarns 1,2,3
 4 May 09  Effect of fabric specifications on resultant fabric characteristics 1,2,3 5.Practical
 11 May 09 Applications of elasticity and force  1,2 
 18 May 09  Calculations in planning and control  1,2,3 
 25 May 09 Profit, Markup, Markdown & Margins 1,2 
 1 June 09 Visual Presentation of Data  3
 8 June 09  Review 1,2,3 
 15 June 09 Assessment Week - Quiz 1,2,3 2.Quiz
 22 June 09 Assessment Week  
N.B. Students should note that this weekly planner is offered in good faith and that suggested activities will be undertaken as planned. However due to the possibility of unforeseen circumstances some activities might of necessity need to be altered – all efforts for advance notice will be made.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


1. Brearley, A., An outline of statistical methods for use in the textile industry 8th Edition, WIRA, 1974.
2. Carty, P., Chemical and mechanical finishing of textile materials 2nd Edition, Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic, 1987.
3. Carr. C. M., Chemistry of the textiles industry, Chapman & Hall, 1995.
4. McIntyre, J. E., Chemistry of fibres, Edward Arnold, 1971.
5. Booth, John E. Textile mathematics, Vol.2, The Textile Institute Manchester, 1977.

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Students will study experimental textiles in tutorials, practical experimentation and through prescribed exercises and assessment work.

Assessment Tasks

1.Quiz (2) 30%
2.Folio presentation of practical work (5) 70%

Assessment Matrix

1. Obtain and interpret textile specifications YesYes
2. Perform textile calculations YesYes
3. Complete records -Yes

Other Information

- Assessment task deemed competent if pass mark of 50% or greater is achieved.
- Students must pass all assessment tasks to achieve a pass in this course
- One re-submit per assessment task is allowed.
- Negotiation to vary assessment methods may be made in special circumstances. This is subject to the discretion of the trainer after consideration of the learner’s request and is done on a needs basis.

This guideline maybe subject to change.

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